Obviously this is a 'bad' thing!

Poorbuthappy

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Devon
Erm, aren't bunnies a non native invasive species brought over by the Romans? Shouldn't we be seeking to restore the natural order by eradicating them?
It was claimed on the radio that having been here around 2000 years, they are part of the ecosystem now and there loss would upset the natural balance.
Doesn't that make farmers part of the ecosystem?!
 

Happy

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Location
Scotland
Interesting there is no mention of the sea eagle and red kite re-introduction programmes in Scotland in recent years which together with the increased numbers of buzzards & hawks may explain why there are less rabbits than in other parts of the UK.

Be around 15 years since we last had a rabbit problem and don't miss them one bit. They'll be back one day though, I expect Gove & Goldsmith will already be adding it to one of the benefits re-wilding of the British countryside will bring:rolleyes:
 

exmoor dave

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Location
exmoor, uk
It was claimed on the radio that having been here around 2000 years, they are part of the ecosystem now and there loss would upset the natural balance.
Doesn't that make farmers part of the ecosystem?!


The story was on the BBC breakfast news yesterday, they interviewed some environmentalist who said 95% of the rabbits on one heath had died and the heathland had been lost with it....... I had to chuckle because, if the hemorrhagic virus wiped them out, it would have been very quick, so how the hell would heathland have been lost in such a short time,
These people are bonkers! The other person they interviewed was equally bonkers, even the interviewer gave the impression he thought they were bonkers too :ROFLMAO:

Loads of rabbits here, even after the virus cane through last summer
 

Poorbuthappy

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Devon
The story was on the BBC breakfast news yesterday, they interviewed some environmentalist who said 95% of the rabbits on one heath had died and the heathland had been lost with it....... I had to chuckle because, if the hemorrhagic virus wiped them out, it would have been very quick, so how the hell would heathland have been lost in such a short time,
These people are bonkers! The other person they interviewed was equally bonkers, even the interviewer gave the impression he thought they were bonkers too :ROFLMAO:

Loads of rabbits here, even after the virus cane through last summer
Yep loads of rabbits here too. They were on about some app they've developed to record numbers of the more common "British" wildlife to get a better idea of numbers. Thought perhaps I'd better download it to keep a balanced picture - I could report many multiple sitings per day.
 

Fish

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Location
North yorkshire
When was the last time you saw a rabbit ?
Err two minuets ago in the bloody garden.
Lost 7acres of rape to rabbits this year and 3 acres of wheat, I wish they were extinct.
 

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...
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